Book centre brings its stories to Sunderland

Two youngsters enjoy reading a book with their mum.
Two youngsters enjoy reading a book with their mum.
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Bookworms can enter the wonderful world of children’s literature as a popular venue hits the road.

Seven Stories, in Newcastle, is heading to the Museum and Winter Gardens on May 30 and 31 as part of a roadshow.

The weekend of imaginative programming promises to bring children’s books to life for families of all ages.

Alison Gwynn, programme director

Children can become an explorer deep in the tropical flora and fauna of the Winter Gardens and listen to jungle stories all weekend.

Visitors will be treated to Seven Stories’ trademark vibrant costumes, lively interactive storytelling, craft activities and more.

Families are invited to join in a jungle parade led by intrepid explorer Dr Burton and listen to animal stories before making animal masks to take home.

Jo Cunningham, museums manager at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens said: “We are delighted to welcome Seven Stories to the Museum & Winter Gardens.

“It will give our visitors the chance to hear first-hand about all of their exciting new developments as well as having a fun day with their family.”

The outreach programme is hitting the road ahead of a relaunch of the Seven Stories visitor centre in July.

Programme director Alison Gwynn said: “The On the Road programme is a brilliant way to introduce Seven Stories’ magic to a wider audience and we are delighted to be hosted by Sunderland Museums and Winter Gardens which lends itself to explorative play.

“The weekend of imaginative programming promises to bring children’s books to life for families of all ages.”

The centre will re-open on July 19 but during the closure, families will still be able to experience a taste of Seven Stories as it partners with other cultural venues, organisations and parks to host their On the Road events.

The refurbishment is part of celebrations for Seven Stories’ 10th Birthday.